Blues Fest Artist: Shawn Holt & the Teardrops

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops

Bandshell, Friday, July 1

11:00-12:30 Shawn Holt & the Teardrops

Shawn Holt started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with this father (Morris Holt, the great Magic Slim) and Slim's brother, Uncle Nick Holt and The Teardrops. Shortly after that tour with his father, Shawn realized his genetic destiny and formed his own band. He has been watching, learning and playing blues ever since. Magic Slim and The Teardrops had probably been nominated for the WC Handy "Blues Band of the Year" award more times than any blues band playing today. You can't become a Teardrop until Magic Slim says you're good enough. Shawn Holt became a Teardrop in 2013 when his father was hospitalized during a tour and he stepped up to the microphone and continued the tradition. When Shawn Holt and The Teardrops opened for Johnny Winter in Phoenixville Pennsylvania, two hours after Magic Slim had been admitted to the local hospital, they received a standing ovation and the promoter was so pleased with the quality, excitement and level of the performance that he paid the band the full contracted price which had been negotiated for a Magic Slim performance. Headliner Johnny Winter insisted that Shawn and The Teardrops complete the tour as the opening act. After his father’s death in 2013, Shawn Holt put together a new generation of the Teardrops to continue the tradition. The Teardrops consist of Levi William - Guitar/Vocals, Vern Taylor - Drums/Vocals, and Russell Jackson - Bass. Shawn Holt and The Teardrops won the 2014 Blues Blast Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut Album” for Daddy Told Me" on Blind Pig Records, featuring former Teardrop and Muddy alumnus John Primer as a special guest.